Tag Archives: Dependency
Alongside solicitor Hilary Wetherell I am presenting a day long course: Fatal Accidents: Law, Practice, Procedure and Compassion 2021. It is an online course on the 12th November 2021. Booking details are available here. THE COURSE This one day virtual course will take you through every element of a fatal accident claim, with particular emphasis on the compassionate […]
I had an interesting email this morning from Jon Heath, solicitor at Levins, Liverpool. It dealt with the issue of costs budgeting in a fatal case where there is a child involved. BUDGETING, FATAL ACCIDENTS AND CHILDREN CLAIMS “I recently attended a CCMC at the County Court at Liverpool on behalf of the claimant in […]
The Court of Appeal decided today that the failure of the Fatal Accidents Act to include cohabitees within the definition of those entitled to a bereavement payment is incompatible with Section 4 of the Human Rights Act. As the law currently stands cohabitees are not entitled to the statutory bereavement payment under the Fatal Accidents […]
A number of recent cases I have been involved in have highlighted the need for care when dealing with claimants who have specific cultural expectations as to dependency. There are relatively few reported cases on this topic. It is worth looking at them. KEY POINTS Perhaps the major point to be made is to read […]
The Supreme Court gave judgment in Knauer -v- Ministry  UKSC 9 of Justice this morning. The court allowed the appeal. The multiplier in a fatal accident case now runs from the date of trial/assessment and not the date of death. This means that fatal accident awards will now be higher. There is a greater […]
The judgment in the Supreme Court case about multipliers is to be given on the 24th February 2016. The video of the arguments in the case can be seen here.